The Justice and Peace Commission is offering four Zoom sessions beginning Wednesday March 9, 2022, and are intended to provide an opportunity to increase awareness of feelings around loss, especially over the last two years.
The four major categories of grief are:
It is hoped through these four sessions that people will have an opportunity to:
Identifying elements of grief within one’s self is part of the process of healing. Healing helps support individuals dealing with loss and moving to Easter Sunday, the joy and hopefulness of the Risen Christ in one’s midst. Healing of individuals also helps heal the wider community and together has the potential to bring about more equitable treatment of one another, fostering a sense of fairness, respect and justice for all.
The four Lenten sessions will be hosted on Zoom beginning Wednesday March 9, 2022.
March 9: James Reid Bereavement Team - what is grief?
March 16: Mary Raddon - grief as it pertains to climate
March 23: Mona Rahman - how grief is experienced as 'the other'
March 30: Sr. Pauline Lally - looking at grief through hope
For more information, please contact Rev. Canon Valerie Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to attend the Zoom sessions, the video presentations that will be used in the Zoom sessions are listed below:
Session 1 – Into the Wilderness (March 9, 2022)
This first session is hosted by staff from James Reid Funeral Home and deals with what grief is and what grief looks like.
Session 2 – At the Foot of the Cross – Critical Issues of Our Times
Diocesan Green Group member Mary Raddon explores the theme of grief within the context of climate change.
Session 3 – Huddling in the Upper Room - Fear/Despair/Disbelief/Hope
The third session is hosted by Mona Rahman from the Islamic Society of Kingston. Mona talks about the challenges facing the Muslim community with regards to racism and the spread of Islamophobia. (A longer version of Mona's presentation can be found here).
Session 4 – The Resurrection – Hope Toward Healing
This fourth session is hosted by Sister Pauline Lally of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. Sr. Pauline talks about hope in the face of grief and our calling as Christians to be eternally hopeful in the face of these challenging times.